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Senior Partner at NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys
Heather Lin is a patent attorney and senior partner at NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys. She joined the firm in 1994 and became a qualified patent attorney in 1996. She has received extensive IP training in the United States and Japan. With a biotech background, Ms Lin represents the full range of clients, from start-ups to multinationals.
Ms Lin’s practice primarily involves patent drafting and prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinions and litigation, as well as client counselling in IP strategic planning and portfolio management – with an emphasis on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She also advises clients regarding China-specific IP issues such as utilisation of Chinese genetic resources, inventor remuneration and technology import and export registration and approval. The patents she has prosecuted and opined on relate to subject matter such as genes and proteins, stem cells, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and plants, all of which have been the subject of much debate in China.
Ms Lin is actively involved in the legislative process regarding Chinese patent law and is a frequent speaker at various IP forums and conferences, both in China and abroad. She was chosen as a National Intellectual Property Leading Talent by the State Intellectual Property Office of China in 2014.
Ms Lin is a member of several IP associations, including the All China Patent Agent Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the Licensing Executives Society. She is now the vice president of AIPPI China.